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28/07/1935 The first flight of the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress

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B-17 Flying Fortress Landing Van Nuys

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(Air 14) RARE!!! Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress display

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Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress flight with cockpit view and ATC

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Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress

The first flight of the Model 299 in July 1935 with Boeing chief test pilot Leslie Tower at the controls. Richard Williams, a reporter for the Seattle Times, coined the name "Flying Fortress" with his comment, "Why, it's a flying fortress!" when the Model 299 was rolled out bristling with multiple machine guns.
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    • Development 

    • Design and variants 

    • Operational history 

    • Operators 

    • Fortresses as a symbol 

    • Notable B-17s 

    • Noted B-17 pilots and crew members